"Quirk has earned his spot in the front ranks of thriller writers." — David Baldacci

An electrifying thriller from the author of The Night Agent now on Netflix, an attack on the White House sends the President and his top aides to take shelter in a top secret government facility buried deep underground—but they soon discover the threat is locked inside with them.

Assume the worst. Code Black.

The day that every secret service agent trains for has arrived. The White House has been breached; the President forced to flee to a massive doomsday bunker outside DC to defend against whatever comes next. Only the most trusted agents and officials are allowed in with him—those dedicated to keeping the government intact at all costs.

Among these is Eric Hill, who has given his life to the Secret Service. They are his purpose and his family, and his impressive record has made him a hero among them. Despite his growing disillusionment from seeing Washington corruption up close, Eric can’t ignore years of instincts honed on the job. The government is under attack, and no one is better equipped to face down the threat than he is.

The evidence leads him to a conspiracy at the highest levels of power, with the attack orchestrated by some of the very individuals now locked in with him. As the killers strike inside the bunker, it will take everything Eric Hill has to save his people, himself, and his country.

Look for these other pulse-pounding thrillers by Matthew Quirk:

  • Red Warning
  • Hour of the Assassin
  • The Night Agent
  • Dead Man Switch
  • Cold Barrel Zero
  • The Directive
  • The 500

About the author(s)

Matthew Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Warning, Hour of the Assassin, The Night Agent, The 500, The Directive, Cold Barrel Zero, and Dead Man Switch. He spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego, California.


“The breakneck pace never flags, and the interplay between Hill’s world-weary cynicism and Cody’s institutional confidence is a delight. Readers will be eager for a sequel.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Inside Threat

“A heart-thumping conspiracy that feels like something right out of Vince Flynn or David Baldacci’s playbook....Few writers have shown a better understanding of how to manipulate their words in a way that drives suspense while still engaging the reader, holding their attention, and forcing them to keep turning pages as they race to see how things will play out. And just when you think you have it all figured out, Quirk throws a few surprises in the mix to make sure that even veteran thriller readers won’t predict how this one ends.” — Real Book Spy

“[A] taut thriller.” — AARP's 32 of 2023's Hot Summer Novels

“Intricately plotted with extraordinary characters and riveting action, Matthew Quirk’s Red Warning needs to be at the top of your list! Once you crack this high-octane thriller, be ready to cancel all plans. You won’t put it down until the final bullet hits its mark.”  Jack Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood

“[A] gritty, intense political thriller, filled with nuance and dire exploits. Totally entertaining. A treat from start to finish."  — Steve Berry on Hour of the Assassin

“Riveting….[with] a heart-pumping final showdown that readers won’t soon forget…Matthew Quirk delivers the kind of well-written adventure his fans have come to expect with Red Warning, an early contender for best spy thriller of the year.” — Real Book Spy

Red Warning is the latest intense espionage drama offered by author Matthew Quirk…Gripping…The adrenaline rush doesn’t abate with this read until after the last page has been read.” — Seattle Book Review

“Quirk has earned his spot in the front ranks of thriller writers. Opens with a bang and keeps exploding for three hundred pages." — David Baldacci on Hour of the Assassin

Hour of the Assassin is written in terse, swift prose as it sketches a panorama of 'Washington at its worst,' a place ruled by 'the corruption and blood sport of high politics.'” — Wall Street Journal

“Of all the literary genres, a suspense novel is highly dependent on a good hook. Matthew Quirk knows this better than anyone… His books do not begin with subtle language or mysterious foreshadowing. They begin with a bang, sometimes quite literally.”  — San Diego Union-Tribune on Hour of the Assassin

"The action never ceases in Quirk’s story, and you’ll find yourself reading way past your bedtime." — Newark Star Ledger on Hour of the Assassin

“This story is impossible to put out of mind.... Relevant and revealing, this is one of the best thrillers to come along in years.” — Michael Connelly on The Night Agent

“Plenty of breathless one-more-chapter, stay-up-late suspense wrapped around a meaty and timely story ... irresistible.” — Lee Child on The Night Agent

The Night Agent is a whirlwind of a book, a captivating narrative that takes us inside the White House’s inner sanctum and the shadowy machinations surrounding it. A powerful and taut thriller.” — Mark Greaney

“Strap in for one hell of a ride. The Night Agent is full of twists and surprises you’ll never see coming.” — Ben Coes

"Matthew Quirk moves into David Baldacci and John Grisham territory with The Night Agent, a paranoid, pulse-pounding thriller that could not be more prescient. If you’re wondering where the best of the next generation of suspense talent is headed, look no further.” — Joseph Finder